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gun violence in this country. today, the path for change was paved. president obama announced proposals for sweeping reforms to gun laws in this country in the wake of the horror at sandyhook elementary, it's gut check time for america. >> this is our first task as a soet. keeping our children safe. this is how we will be judged. >> horrible gun violence is not isolated to one cold december day in connecticut. every day wasted leads to more lost lives. >> keeping our children safe. precious children and six brave adults were violently taken from us at sandyhook, elementary. more than 900 of our fellow americans have reportedly died at the enof a gun. 900 in the past month. and every day we wait, that number will keep going. >> over the past month, vice president joe biden and his task force is met with 229 groups from around the country. biden's task force provided a road map for the long drive ahead. >> while there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil. i
-- president obama provides the leadership here. president obama's network, across this country, grassroots individuals are much more powerful than the individual lobby. we need to pass common sense legislation to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those who shouldn't be carrying a gun. so that's the common sense nature of this. it's not about infringing upon the second amendment. it's about making sure that gun owners are responsible gun owners and we're not giving guns to criminals. the second amendment doesn't apply to regulations on other types of weapons, like weapons of war, assault weapons. so the argument is not going to stand up. we have to make sure the american people know what the argument is. that we need to keep our kids safe. we need to keep our guns out of the hands of criminals. >> what about the president now? i know he was all out and got after it big time. and now he says he's going to give this everything he's got. what does that mean to you? i mean, is he going to go out on the road? is he going to really take the case to the american people really going after
should provide the leadership for state legislators throughout the country. president obama may be restricted in terms of what he can do by executive order but we are anxious to see what can be implemented by the executive branch and to realize that america, this is more in terms of common sense. when we have something that is hurting our children so much and killing youngsters around the country, it is time for all of the groups to come together and not to argue with each other because this is not constitutional rights. this is common sense. we know that those people that incorporated the right to bear arms was not talking about the slaughter of children that's happened in newtown, connecticut. so i am so sorry to see that the state legislator there that spoke earlier has made this a personal political issue, but i'm so proud that new york state has moved forward. >> if you're proud of what new york has done, obviously there's not going to be any perfect policy or perfect law that everybody's going to agree on from both sides saying that this is key perfection but do you think
pushing one of his top agenda items. changing gun laws in this country. in his weekly radio address, president obama urging people to call their lawmakers. >> ask your member of congress if they support universal background checks and renewing a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and if the answer is no, ask them why not. ask them why an a grade from the gun lobby is more important than keeping things safe in a classroom. >> nbc's kristen welker is outside the white house for us. on the very last day of his first term we saw him out earlier working at that school for the national day of service. besides that, how is he preparing for the big day tomorrow and the bigger day, perhaps, on monday. >> reporter: craig, i can tell you that he's behind the scenes working hard on the big address that he will deliver on monday. in fact, a senior administration official tells me he has a strong working draft that you would expect just a few days out from delivering such a large speech, and i am told he's putting the finishing touches on that with his speech team h
to you. >> and the same to you, and a blessing to our country. thank you. >>> the obama re-election machine has turned into a major force re-launching this week as a new group. its chairman will join me in the next hour. up next, though, mark sanford making his big comeback into politics. lance armstrong, raps yperhaps heard, he came clean or cleaner. why do we let our leaders and heroes get away with lies? you're watching msnbc, the place for politics. ♪ ♪ ♪ nurses are dealing with a wider range of issues. and there are ever-changing regulations. when you see these challenges, do you want to back away or take charge? with a degree in the field of healthcare or nursing from capella university, you'll have the knowledge to advance your career while making a difference in the lives of patients. let's get started at what's good for the pot... is even better for the cup. new single serve cafe collections from maxwell house. now available for use in the keurig k-cup brewer. always good to the last drop. ya. alright, another one just like that. right in the old
in this country when this kind of garbage comes up? president obama is doing what the country wants him to do. this is where the people are. the election results haven't changed. get your cell phones out. i want to know what you think. tonight's question, will threats from the far right derail the president's sensible gun reforms? text a for yes. text b for now to 622639. you can always go to our blog at we'll bring results later on in the show. i'm joined tonight by bob shrum, contributor to interest daily beast. also david corn, msnbc analyst and d.c. bureau chief for mother jones. good evening. >> good evening. >> we are covering the crazy tonight. is that okay with you guys? >> you're covering them pretty well. >> well, i don't want to get in the way of any crazy talk that you might have to add to this conversation. what do you say to these people? >> well, you just made a good point that broadcasters and talkers have to sort of do what they can and make this debate a reasonable one. i'm still waiting for anybody right of center. political leader, a thought leader, a columni
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. >> and in his press conference, president obama quoted speaker john boehner from 2011. >> that would be a financial disaster, not only for our country but for the worldwide economy. i don't think it is a question that is even on the table. >> and the last question of his press conference, the president was asked if he may be more successful with some of the nuts you just heard from if he spent more quality time with them. >> you and your staff are too insular, that you don't socialize enough. >> this, of course, is one of the great myths of governing, that intractable problems, political problems, can somehow be solved over a card game and a couple of drinks. that has never, ever been the case nor will it ever be the case. >> i like speaker boehner personally. and you know, when we went out and played golf we had a great time. but that didn't get a deal done in 2011. >> the president actually had to remind the media that congressional behavior is the result of democracy. >> now if the american people feel strongly about these issues and they push hard and they reward, or don't reward
if they side with the president of the united states think about what president obama has done for the progressive movement in this country in the democratic party. how can you not stand with him on this? how much more information do these lawmakers need? have we not covered it enough? other democratic senators with high ratings from the national rifle association have also refused to say if they support the president's package. max baucus of montana, senator heidi heitkamp of north dakota, senator johnson of south dakota. senator donnelley of i7d ind. senator begich of alaska, senator manchin of west virginia, senator tester of montana. however, senator mark warner spoke out in favor of the president's plan and said he believes it has bipartisan support. those senators all have a or a-plus ratings from the national rifle association. reid has a b rating. these senators know they will lose their high rating and maybe become a target with the nra if they vote for a sensible assault weapons ban. you see, we had the assault weapons ban back in 1994, but we're so screwed up in wash
are president of the united states, you have to be born in this country. >> people ought to be allowed to ask why president obama won't produce his birth certificate. >> there are 50% of the voting public who want stuff. they want things. and who is going to give them things? president obama. >> barack obama is a socialist. he believes in confiscating hard-earned dollars. >> four years of that garbage plastering the air waves. and what did they get for it? four more years of president barack obama. joinli i joining me now, secretary of labor. even before she was on the job, no stranger to right wing attacks. >>> now, you're stepping down and you've seen this right wing machine up close. are you going to miss this group? >> you know what, i'm going to fight even harder back home and where ever i am, i'm going to be there to support the president's agenda whether it's immigration reform or economic development in our poor communities. coal miners that are suffering and folks in the middle class that have been the target of the tea party and the republican right that doesn't seem to notice that
. when president obama was inaugurated. first time, there was none of that certainty and expectation, right? the country and all of us were caught up in the historical enormity of the fact that the united states of america was about to swear in our first african-american president. and that eight years of republican administration under bush and cheney was coming to an end. that inauguration in 2009 was such a dramatic break from the past, toward a whole new future that i don't think anybody expects that we will have an inauguration quite as consequential as the last one. maybe ever again. but we now know, as part of the historical record, that while the whole country was marveling at the enormity of the transition we were making on inauguration night 2009 something else was going on that night in washington and it had a very different vibe. do not ask what good we do inside the u.s. house of representatives. it came out this past april. in the front line documentary that aired this week on pbs, they got everybody to go on record about this. lest you thought this was an apocylpitical
questor president obama's approval rating was so low. this is hypothetical. we don't know who is even winning right now, never mind who won. how do think it got this tight. >> because it is a changing country. it is not a traditional america anymore. there are 50% of the voting public who want stuff. they want things. and who is going to give them things? president obama. he knows it. he ran on it. and whereby 20 ears ago president obama would have been roundly defeated by an establishment candidate like mitt romney. the white establishment is now the minority. the voters, many of them, feel the economic system is stacked against them, and they want stuff. you're going to see a tremendous hispanic vote for president obama, overwhelming black vote for president obama. and women will probably break president obama's way. people feel that they are entitled to things. and which candidate between the two is going to give them things? tavist was bill o'reilly, smiley. >> well, i asked a moment ago whether i was watching fox on election night. the answer is no. this is precisely why i was no
. president clinton called on the country to embrace the new spirit of community for a new century. president bush vowed to spread freedom to the darkest corners of the world. what should president obama say the second time around? and a programming note for you. i'll be anchoring msnbc's live coverage of the official swearing in just before noon on sunday. inauguration of course will happen on monday. my doctor told me calcium is efficiently absorbed in small continuous amounts. citracal slow release continuously releases calcium plus d with efficient absorption in one daily dose. citracal slow release. >>> back to our poll now and the deepest of deep dives into how the country sees its leaders in washington on the eve of the president's second inaugural. when asked where the country is headed over the next year there was a clear difference of opinion. downhill or wrong track was the top answer. but about one in five americans said things are improving. hopeful and was the next most popular answer. the message people wanted to send to the president create more jobs, stop spending, fix the ec
of the country and about the economy and this is an american public right now that lowered its standards and lowered its expectations from four years ago. in some ways that's a good situation from the obama white house and sometimes lower expectations make it easier to get achievements done, but this is a country that is still being hit by the aftereffects of the great recession and also this poll comes after the terrible tragic shooting as well as the showdown in the new year. >> we polled folks when they were already pretty down. >> let me ask you about the war in iraq. president obama's political prominence first propelled by his opposition to the war. what did we find in the poll with regards to the war in iraq? >> it was fascinating, a number we had. 51% the iraq war wasn't worth it. that it was the near 60% and that's been the case since 2007 and the nbc/wall street journal poll. the iraq war is the most understated issues in the last few years and this was an issue that propelled president obama into the white house and allowed him to beat hillary clinton and beat john mccain in t
to see the president do it. that said, you can't run the entire country without the house of representatives, so obama is going to have to make compromises. >> ari, i want to move to you on this. you really sort of discussing hopefully a move towards pragmatism, towards the middle, remembering of that collaboration that we did see some bits of towards the end of the fiscal cliff negotiations, but are you losing the good ones, the ones that might work towards this compromise long term, those who are moving away from whatever edge they are on towards the middle? one example, looking forward 2014, jay rockefeller saying he will not run again. that might be an example. politico points out this. rockefeller's retirement means it's an opportunity for republicans to pick up a seat meaning it's a rough year for senate democrats overall. what's your thought about this? >> well, there's no doubt that politically rockefeller had above average democratic support in a state that is very favorable to republicans so it's very tough on republicans to do what he did, but to bipartisanship
as to why we really should have some gun registration and gun laws in this country. so the mood of the country right now is such that if we don't move on this now, i don't know what we're going get done. and this is something that president obama really seems to want to usher? >> the catalyst of the conversation, though, seems to be based on what we witness as a country in newtown. play your michael bloomberg was on our air earlier and talking about the fact that we can use that as an example. we have a bigger problem in this country. gentlemen, take a listen. >> as horrific as sandy hook has been and all of the other seechliseechl i seemingly episodes of mass violence, we experience that carnage or worse every single day across our country because every day of the year an average of 33 americans are murdered with guns. here's another way to think about what that means. one week from today president obama will take the oath of office for his second term. and unless we take action, during those four years some 48,000 americans will be killed with guns. >> mayor michael bloomberg
to you for tuning in. tonight's lead? republicans call for nullification? responding to president obama's gun safety ideas, conservatives are in a frenzy and they're reaching back to an old argument with an ugly history in this country. states' rights. >> our founding fathers were very concerned about having a separation of powers. they didn't want to let the president become a king. and i'm afraid that president obama may have this king complex sort of developing. and we're going to make sure that it doesn't happen. >> we will nullify anything the president does that smacks of legislation. >> nullify anything the president does? nullification? states' rights? state sovereignty? for many decades, these ideas was used to defend slavery. and, later, jim crow. in 1963, governor george wallace stood in the schoolhouse doorway at the university of alabama invoking states' rights to try to block integration. >> i stand here today as governor of this sovereign state and refuse to submit to illegal use of power by the central government and hereby denounce and forbid this illegal and unwarrante
with terrorists. >> president obama, quit lying. >> if you are going to be the president of the united states, you have to be born in this country. >> i don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money. >> president obama is the most effective food stamp president in american history. >> what barack obama seems to want to do is go back to before those days when we were in different classes based on income, based on color of skin. >> when we hear this ugliness and then general powell, a republican who worked for successive republican presidents, give them a warning, give them advice, people like laura ingram see a conspiracy. she says she more i think about it, the more it seems colin powell's appearance on "meet the press" was coordinated with the white house with his dear friend with whom he campaigned, barack obama. she goes on to say when i hear an african-american president say comments like they don't like to socialize, they demonize me, i feel like we're playing the victim card here. maybe playing the race card. so let the get this right, jonathan. the pres
is starting a massive pr offensive to -- part one the president and vice president will canvass the country taking their argument straight to the american people. then part two, an obama patented social immediate y'all campaign including twitter outreach and a new page on the white house website titles now is the time. part three convincing lawmakers on the hill. that's probably the toughest part. the biggest challenge by far with the right already signaling an uphill climb at the capital. >> the emphasis for all of this is the shootingcapital. this is stuff they have always wanted to do and now this has created the political climate to pursuit it. >> you have to convince the congress that this is the right thing to do. you can't force them to do it. you shouldn't force them to do it. it's democracy and you can make good arguments. >> adding bilt to the read beat rhetoric from the right t national rifle association, the nra ramping up its fight and defending its new ad featuring the president's daughters. >> it wasn't about the president's daughters, what it is about is the fact that this w
have got in america very few unifying ceremonies and we are in a political system and a country that in certain ways is more fractured than ever. here's one opportunity you wouldn't want to miss. the other thing is that i think we forget sometimes what it was like when barack obama came in. you know, the banking system and the economy were both falling apart, two wars were going on, not doing well, other problems. he didn't have the luxury that most presidents have to come in and say these are the four things i think are important to achieve to take the country forward. so in a way we should get more of an idea from this speech of who he is, what he wants to do than we did the first time. >> what do you expect, james, to be addressed tomorrow? >> well, i think it will be very hopeful and i think that there will be more policy sort of subtly laden in this speech about what the secretary needs to be. i think there will be stuff in there about commonsense gun safety, about immigration reform, the things i think this immigration wants to really try to get done in a second term. i ag
and they lost horribly in wisconsin. and we saw that across the country. and certainly, with that horrible ad that they released last night, you really see the effects of living in the fever swamp of anti-obama hatred and paranoia. they don't understand the protectiveness and love that people have for sascha and malea. and that kind of reaction carries the day. it really doesn't anymore. but they're not done yet. so i think congressman moran is right to talk about the past. the prent might be changing in the future. >> i think one of the things that is changing the president, i watched today as the president talked about gracie mcdonald. a 7-year-old whof was killed in newtown. her parents were sitting there in the front as the president made the announcement today. and the president talked about meeting them. watch this. >> chris, her father, gave me one of her paintings. and i hung it in my private study just off the oval office. and every time i look at that painting, i think about grace. and i think about the life that she lived. and the life that lay ahead of her. and, most of all, i thi
angry at someone that is so well respected in the country and is trying to shepherd your party into a new era. president obama won with a new majority. he won among women, asians, blacks, latinos, young people. what colin powell is trying to shepherd the republican party and say you can't dress it up. you can't put four or five people in front of the camera and call yourself diverse. not only does the republican party have a problem with diversity, they also have an authenticity problem. people would scratch their head and say are you being sincere? and colin powell is trying to lead that way. and he's not the only one within the republican party. look at jeb bush doing the same thing safing you need to change. and there's plenty of women that are elected to congress right now that are basically republican women trying to do the same thing. you have to change and modernize with the reflection of the american public. >> richard, i looked all day for a leading moderate republican to come out and defend general powell. why are they so quiet? >> i think there's a lot of fear in the
expect from barack obama? what message do you think he should be trying to project? >> i think he wants to renew hope in this country and ratify the renewal of hope that he believes came with the election. i think it will be a speech of inspiration. it will not be a detailed legislative agenda. i think it can be one of those speeches. he has this capability that can inspire people. from him, actually, in the 2008 campaign especially, and i think we may see that again on inaugural day. >> would this be the time to take off the debt ceiling and lay out some of his hard lines, or wait for the state of the union for that? >> i think he can lay out his principles. i don't think he should turn this into a partisan speech. he helps himself when he holds the high ground. can i see him saying something like, look, we disagree on a lot of issues, but we're opponents, not enemies. let's find a way to work together for the good of the country. here's what i think we should do. i mean, sounding that kind of grace note i think is important in an inaugural address. >> and when you look back at the ina
that this speech is going to sort of deal with some of the broader themes that president obama talked about on the campaign trail. he's going to talk about the need for the country to come together. we'll probably reiterate his call to sort of get rid of sort of partisan divides that have been sort of creating so much trouble here in washington. so that will be a big theme. and he might talk about some of his larger policy initiatives like immigration reform and gun control reform, but he's not going to get into a whole lot of specifics. i think you're absolutely right. he's going to kind of touch on the broader themes of all those points. >> i can't wait to see what dress the first lady will be wearing on monday night. kristin welker, thank you so much. we'll see you monday. >> reporter: thanks. i look forward to that, too. thanks, karen. >> we'll be right back. need for protein increases, yet many of us don't meet our daily protein needs? that's why there's boost® high protein nutritional drink. each delicious serving provides fifteen grams of protein to help maintain muscle and help mee
a gun grabber. everybody's a gun grabber. president obama did introduce yesterday a very broad package of reforms to try to deal with gun violence in this country. expanded access to mental health treatment, improvements in the background checks system, resources for schools to have more armed guards on site if they want them. and yes, a renewal of the old assault weapons ban that we had for ten years before it expired in 2004. since president obama introduced those measures all of the discussion in washington has been about the viability of what he is proposing, right? renewing the assault weapons ban, that's not viable, that'll never pass. that is the chorus from washington. the nra of course says that nothing will pass. old steve stockman says i don't care if anything passes, let's impeach him anyway, gun grab, gun grab. but because of what is going on in washington right now, because that is the discussion, we are also -- we're not just getting the sort of predictable loudness from predictable washington loud voices. we are also getting something really useful. we're also getting p
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